Accept are one of those bands I really like. Now to be honest with you all I really dig about four Accept albums.
Those four albums would be “Restless And Wild”, “Balls To The Wall”, “Metal Heart” and “Eat The Heat”!
Yeah I listed the much criticized “Eat The Heat” as one of my favs but when that one dropped back in ’89 I liked that more melodic rock approach they were doing. A lead vocalist change had something to do with it as UDO was gone and David Reece stepped in at that the mic so I was onboard with that record but many weren’t..
Anyways I’m rambling on here…
The followup to “Balls To The Wall” came in the form of “Metal Heart” back in ’85 and all I can say that from the production (courtesy of Dieter Dirks) all the way to the songs written by the band themselves are stellar.
“Metal Heart” the title track leads off the record and how about UDO leading the charge as the song starts and he sings the line of…
“It is 1999
The human race has to face it
They are confronted with the truth
It’s secret, mysterious
A surgeon said it in the news
The human race is dying
But the result is no disease
Searching for you
Metal heart, metal heart
They found it everywhere
Metal heart, metal heart
Lifeless piece of steel”
This song stomps out of the gate and the thing is I have always loved Accept’s big backing vocals that these guys always had in most of their songs. “Metal Heart” is just that…METAL!
“Midnight Mover” is one of my favourites as it gets right out the gate with some killer riffing courtesy of guitarists Wolf Hoffman and Jorg Fisher. “Midnight Mover” also had that trippy bullet time video which if you are prone to seizures might not be a good one to watch. This tune has all those trimmings I like in a hard rock song.
“Metal Heart” is check full of great metal tracks that follow “Midnight Mover” like “Up To The Limit”, “Wrong Is Right” and “Screaming For A Love Bite” which is perhaps the most commercial track on the album.
Side 1 is flawless…
Side 2 lifts off with another gem in the form of “Too High To Get It Right” which has that huge bombastic like chorus as UDO sounds like he’s about to lose a lung yet the track is another one of those must listens…
Same with “Dogs On Leads” which has an almost AC/DC like opening feel to it before it ramps up. The last three tracks( “Teach Us How To Survive”, “Living For Tonite” and “Bound To Fail”)has Accept firing on all cylinders.
Amazing that after the foundation that Accept laid down in North America with the Balls album “Metal Heart” kinda stiffed which is really surprising to me.
Why? I have no idea as the songs-crisp production(I really like the use of blue and the Metal Heart cover) the whole deal here but for some crazy reason it only got to #86 in Canada and #94 in the U.S.
deKe’s Vinyl Rating- 8.5/10